The Douglas Robins Collection realized more than $1 million across more than 550 lots during Heritage Auctions’ Chicago Coin Expo World Coins Signature Auction this April. Described as the “sale of the century for Canadian tokens,” the April 20-24 sale was highlighted by an 1812 Lower Canada “BON POUR DEUX SOUS” pattern penny, which was offered as Lot 29299. Although it was certified by Numismatic Guaranty Corp. (NGC) as Proof-65 Brown, this piece is believed to be a “business strike” from copied dies – not a first strike from regular dies – produced by Thomas Halliday, a prominent token die engraver and coiner in Birmingham. This 206-year-old piece realized $50,400 after a pre-sale estimate of $60,000. Continue reading →
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